McSorley declines request to work out at DB

Penn State’s Trace McSorley wants to play quarterback and quarterback only in the NFL, and he made that clear Saturday at the scouting combine.

At least one NFL team asked McSorley to work out as a defensive back at the combine, in hopes of seeing how his athleticism would translate there.

McSorley played safety in high school and was recruited to play that position by pretty much every college coach except for James Franklin, who always saw McSorley as a quarterback.

Now that he’s had a highly successful college career as a quarterback, McSorley has no intention of changing positions. He declined the request to work out as a defensive back, according to multiple reports.

Former PSU running back Saquon Barkley tweeted it was “so disrespectful” that McSorley was asked to work out as a defensive back.

It’s not unusual for teams to ask to see players work out at a different position at the combine or their pro day. Some players agree to the request — willing to do anything they can to impress scouts — but rarely will a quarterback do such a thing.

McSorley holds just about every major career passing record at Penn State and is the winningest quarterback in program history with 31 victories as a starter.

McSorley had a good day at the combine Saturday. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash time of any quarterback — 4.57 seconds — and showed good accuracy during his throwing drills.

McSorley measured in at 6-foot, 202 pounds at the combine. He is considered to be potentially a fourth- or fifth-round draft pick.


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